Research & Analysis

By Curtis Bell, Ben Lawellin, Alexandra Amling, Jay Benson, Sasha Egorova, John Filitz, Maisie Pigeon, Paige Roberts on May 1, 2017

This report shows how complex issues like illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking intersect to create a uniquely insecure maritime environment in Somali waters. Regional conflicts have shifted human migration flows, and this has further accelerated the smuggling of both trafficked persons and arms across the Gulf of Aden. Poor fisheries management contributed to the emergence of Somali piracy.


Multi-stakeholder Collaboration Fact Sheet
By OEF Research, Kelsey Coolidge on April 20, 2017

This guide was produced by the Stanley Foundation in collaboration with the Stimson Center. It reviews findings from a seven week consultation process with eighty-two professionals working in global governance.


By Victor Odundo Owuor on March 29, 2017

This report, based on field research, documents which features of business work in fragile areas and how businesses operate in regard to strategy, contract enforcement, and other aspects of firm behavior. The study was conducted in three conflict-affected jurisdictions: the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), an arena of long-simmering conflict; Somaliland, nominally part of a federation coming out of three decades of almost continuous conflict; and South Sudan, a new country that at the time of writing still struggles with civil war.


on March 24, 2017

Oceans Beyond Piracy recently convened a meeting of 40 maritime experts in London to discuss the current state of piracy off the east and west coasts of Africa. The meeting was convened just as reports of the capture of a small tanker, MT Aris 13, en route to Mogadishu from Djibouti, were being received from Somalia. The attack marked the first hijacking of a merchant vessel since the height of Somali piracy in 2012.


Refugees and National Security
By OEF Research, Kelsey Coolidge on February 24, 2017

This fact sheet provides an overview of the US refugee admittance process and the current research on the threat posed to US national security by refugees.


By Ryan Kennedy, David Lazer, Stefan Wojcik on February 3, 2017

Assumptions underlying election result predictions have been encountering wide criticism. This study, published in the journal Science, reports the results of a multiyear program to predict direct executive elections in a variety of countries from globally pooled data.


on January 31, 2017

Recent incidents involving vessels off the Horn of Africa do not reflect traditional forms of piracy, signaling an evolving threat to maritime security in the region.


on December 16, 2016

This paper provides information on the different types of contracted maritime security services currently in use, and outlines the oversight mechanisms that govern them.


By Conor Seyle on November 29, 2016

A major contribution to the prevention and cessation of mass atrocities was the development of the “Responsibility to Protect” as a formal commitment by United Nations member states. Known as  R2P, the principle affirmed member states’ commitment under international law to prevent and stop atrocities within their own borders and elsewhere. Since its inception, R2P has been controversial, and there has been debate over how to operationalize and support it.


on November 4, 2016

There are numerous examples of ways in which the business sector has been and continues to be involved in activities that lead to mass atrocity crimes. These include instances such as when business cooperates with abusive state security services to violently suppress dissent, telecommunication companies allow dissemination of hate messages on their platforms, and firms deal with conflict minerals.


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